May 26, 2018

OCC Shoebox Stockpile Saturday ~ 5/26/2018 ~ Mostly Freebies

We've had a couple big weeks for shoebox stockpile.
First we had gotten a $20 promotional gift card to Oriental Trading, so when their was a free shipping code, I looked online and found a couple things on sale/clearance to purchase to make the funds go even further!!  And we needed balls for the boxes-the footballs were a little smaller than we imagined-but they're really fun to throw around...we HAD to test them out-LOL!  The football helmet "water bottles" were a little bigger than I expected, but if they're too big to fit in our boxes, they'll make great fillers for the processing center!

A friend brought over some empty shoeboxes-so fun!!   We often like to use traditional standard sized shoeboxes-you can read my thoughts on shoebox options for Operation Christmas Child.  We've found that different shapes of standard size boxes can help us pack the random odd shaped items we come up with.

Then we were at a store and asked if they had any extra shoeboxes.  Turns out they save them for a church, but had extra, so we got these bags full!!  

Spent from shoebox packing budget: $0.24 
Saved $57.97  or   99.9%
Plus free shoeboxes save even more!!

Saved from sale/clearance:  $30.98
Saved from $20 promotional Gift Card: $20

Saved from free shipping code: $6.99

May 15, 2018

Dinosaur Themed Operation Christmas Child Shoebox for a Boy Ages 10-14 Years Old

One thing I enjoy doing when packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child is to pack it around a theme.  I still stick to my normal list of things to include (hygiene, school and art supplies, toys/games, something to wear, etc.), but try to find versions of those items that fit the theme.  I may add an extra unique item or two, but on the whole it's the same list, just different types.  Last year I packed this shoebox with a dinosaur theme. 

I was excited when I saw this dino truck in our Hotwheels packing stash!

Often people find it helpful to see how the box is packed to fit everything in, so here's some photos of how these items fit in the shoebox.  This shoebox was 425 cubic inches (for comparison a GO box is 360 in3 and a standard plastic shoebox holds 346.5 in3, but takes up more room in the cartons from it's ridges and stuff) and held a ladies size 10.5 sandals, so a normal sized shoebox, but was able to get a lot in it through careful packing.

For more ideas/fun boxes, check out other shoeboxes we packed for 10-14 year old boys or our themed boxes!

May 12, 2018

OCC Shoebox Stockpile Saturday ~ 5/12/2018 ~ Stuffed Animals and Soap

I got a very exciting box FULL of Beanie Babies.  I was contacted through the blog by someone with a collection they wanted to donate.  Look at all these cute new "friends" to send in boxes!  Can't wait to pick them out to which box to put them in!  Plus she sent some pencils-so helpful!  Thank you Robin!

I also have been able get a couple good soap deals at CVS.

Spent from shoebox packing budget: $2.50

May 10, 2018

What Happens at an OCC Shoebox Drop-Off Location?

So, after you pack your Operation Christmas Child shoebox you have to take it somewhere.  Maybe you take them to the Drop-off Location yourself.  Or, maybe your church takes them up in the main room, takes them to the Drop-Off Location  and you have no idea what we're talking about when we say "Drop-Off Location".  Most year's I've sent my boxes through my church, but I've also dropped off shoeboxes and fillers at a Drop-Off Center.  Last year I got the chance to volunteer a few days at a Drop-Off Location, and I thought I'd share a little bit about what happens at one and my experiences.

For those of you who have never gone to drop-off location, as it gets close to National Collection

May 6, 2018

EXPIRED: Dial Soap deals for OCC Shoeboxes

The deal on Dial Soap is back-this is great to get for shoeboxes, and it's hygiene item month!  There is currently this printable coupon available, you should be able to print two on your computer (print as soon as you can, it often isn't available for long).  

UPDATE:  These printable coupons are no longer available to print, but hopefully a lot of you were able to print them, or find them in the newspaper and get some soap deals.  I'll try to share when they're available agian.

Discloser: these coupons/rebates are affiliate links and I may be compensated if you use them.

April 30, 2018

Butterfly Themed Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxs for a Girls

I wanted to share a couple butterfly themed shoeboxes I packed for Operation Christmas Child.  A couple years ago I realized I'd ended up with a lot of "butterfly" items, and as I have an aunt who likes butterflies, I decided to make one in her honor, and included a photo of us together and in the recipient letter I told them I picked things I thought my aunt would have liked at their age.  This year I had so much stuff, I ended up making two butterfly boxes.  One for a 2-4 year old girl:

and one for a 10-14 year old girl:

When I do a themed Operation Christmas Child shoebox, what that means to me is while I stick to my normal list of things to include, I try to find versions of those items that fit the theme.  I may add an extra unique item or two, but on the whole it's the same list, just different types.  My basic list for those interested is:
  • Hygiene supplies (soap & casetoothbrush & case; washcloth; comb)
  • School supplies (lined paper, pens, pencils, sharpener, eraser, ruler, etc.)
  • Art supplies (crayons, watercolors, and/or colored pencils; plain paper and/or coloring book; stickers, etc.)
  • Ball
  • Stuffed Animal
  • Toy
  • Game
  • Something to wear
  • Whistle
  • Some sort of container (maybe a bag or tin)
  • And a family photo

For more ideas/fun boxes, check out other shoeboxes we packed for girls or our themed boxes

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